COLUMBIA — Senior forwards DeMarre Carroll and Leo Lyons shared the Most Outstanding Player Award given out Monday night at the Missouri men’s basketball team's awards banquet.
The Tigers’ two leading scorers were the team’s most consistent leaders all season, and both of them scored at least 10 points in all but four games. Carroll, a All-Big 12 Conference selection and honorable mention All American, led the team with 16.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Lyons was second in both categories, with 14.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
Eight other players were honored at the annual banquet at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers’ depth was often cited as a key factor in the Tigers’ school-record 31-win season that ended with a loss to Connecticut in the Elite Eight.
Other awards given out were:
Defensive Player of the Year — J.T. Tiller
Most Improved Player — Matt Lawrence and Justin Safford
Chairman of the Boards for leading the team in rebounding — DeMarre Carroll
Tiger Assist Award for leading the team in assists — J.T. Tiller
Tiger Pride Award for leading the team in minutes played — DeMarre Carroll
Tiger Pride Award for leading the team in blocked shots — Keith Ramsey
Tiger Pride Award for leading the team in charges taken — Zaire Taylor
Tiger Free-Throw Award for leading the team in free-throw attempts — Leo Lyons
Tiger Free-Throw Award for leading the team in free-throw percentage — Marcus Denmon
Tiger Hustle Award for playing with great intensity — J.T. Tiller
Iron Tiger Award for outstanding effort and performance in strength training — Matt Lawrence
Tiger Service Award for commitment to community service – Kim English and Zaire Taylor
Tiger Coaches Award for commitment to attaining team goals — Mike Anderson, Jr.